Katrina and Jacqueline both swear by this beauty hack for glowing skin
You may want to turn up the heater before trying this at home though
We’d have thought that Katrina Kaif and Jacqueline Fernandez’s flawless skin was a gift from a particularly benevolent godmother, but in the words of the wise, wise Britney Spears, maintaining that glow means that ‘you gotta work, b*tch.’
Instagram newbie Katrina clued us into just how much work goes into keeping that peaches-and-cream glow in place by, get this, dunking her face in a vat of icy water. Shake off the Ice Bucket Challenge ghosts though, because she isn’t the only one. Make-up artist to the stars Namrata Soni can confirm that Jacqueline’s go-to home remedy is dabbing her face with freezing water.
So what are they hoping to achieve here, apart from the mother of all colds? Smaller pores and buttery smooth skin, for starters. Our on-call dermatologist Dr. Kiran Lohia explains, “Ice cold water is highly effective at reducing redness and closing pores, which in turn tightens the skin. The freezing temperature induces vasoconstriction of the blood vessels and pores.”
“It basically means that the vessels become smaller, so your skin becomes smoother and less red.”
The rudimentary way to get this done would be to shove a bowl of water in the freezer, remove it just before it reaches freezing point, and ask your sibling to manually hold you down while you dunk your face in – 10 seconds should do the trick. But if you’re looking to take things professional, Dr Lohia suggests asking your dermat to recommend a good cyrofacial. “The treatment hyper-cools the skin to induce a radiant glow; smoothening and tightening the pores along the way,” she explains.
The best face oils for hydrated skin
In case you’re looking to treat your face to some extra TLC at home, these face oils are up to the task.
Oils are known for their nourishing, hydrating properties but Clinique have kicked the beauty rulebook to the kerb where Turnaround is concerned. It also contains salicylic acid to keep breakouts at bay and will leave you with a clearer, more radiant complexion
Added essential almond oil Caudalie's fast-absorbing dry oil purges pores and prevents them from filling up, all while you sleep. A few drops a night is enough to lend skin a blurred, airbrushed effect that can only be rivalled by Photoshop - trust us
de Mamiel Summer Facial Oil, Rs 5,880 approx
The face oil equivalent of a Greek island holiday, this harnesses lemon seed, pomegranate and Wild Rose to lend skin a supernatural radiance. It is packed antioxidants to stop pollution, airborne bacteria and UV rays from ravaging your skin which contributes to a seamless look and feel.
Sunday Riley UFO Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil, Rs 5,640 approx
Tea tree oil in Sunday Riley's cult facial oil purifies pores prone to harbouring bacteria while vitamin C from the added apricot uncovers brighter, more resilient skin. We love the bottle, too.
Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil, Rs 3,341
This Jurlique offering is filled to bursting with a dream team of nurturing oils for maximum perkiness. Jojoba mimics the oil your skin produces naturally, preventing your glands from going into overdrive. No oil slicks here, people.
de Mamiel Spring Facial Oil, Rs 5,883 (approx)
Clary sage and jojoba in de Mamiel's offering act like a squeegee against excess oil, mopping it up before it shows up on the surface of your skin, so you can wave goodbye to the 3pm shine. Spearmint and grapefruit invigorates both the skin and the senses, too.
Avocado and rosehip oil are a dream duo, especially if you suffer with flaky, parched patches. Together, they penetrate the skin and deliver a nourishment hit to the deeper layers that shows in luminosity on the surface.
Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil, Rs 17,612
This may look and feel ultra-luxurious but it doesn't leave behind a greasy, sticky residue like some oils. Alongside omega 3 and 6, camelia oil prevents moisture from escaping, so skin feels plump and pillowy and looks glowing. Three drops is ample.